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    What’s New for 2018

    O’so Brewing Company announced a $2 million expansion coming in 2018
    The new facility will sit on 20 acres and will be the new home for a 35,000 square foot facility for the central Wisconsin brewery. The facility will include a taproom, VIP area for parties and meetings as well as a barrel aging cellar. The grounds will be a beer-lovers haven, with outdoor beer garden and seasonal outdoor bar. Future plans also include a kickball diamond, disc golf course, as well as walking paths through a fruit orchard and hops field.

    Great Northern Distilling released its first brandy in November 2017
    This spirit is iconic in Wisconsin, whether it is found in the supper club staple the Old Fashioned, an Alexander or on its own. The brandy is distilled from a semi-sweet white wine made by fellow Central Wisconsin Craft Collective partner, Sunset Point Winery and aged for two years in oak barrels. The distillery opened its doors in 2014 and offers a Potato Vodka, Herbalist Gin, Rum, Vanguard Whiskey and Rye Whiskey.

    Additional cross-country skiing trails to be groomed for skate skiing
    Being developed near the Plover River Trail segment of the Green Circle Trail, additional trails are available groomed for skate skiing. The trail segment can be accessed off of Highway 66 just east of the city of Stevens Point.

    Lyft has expanded to the Stevens Point Area 
    This service is now available in the region, expanding options for transportation.

    Additional highlights:

    •  Putt-N-Play Indoor Mini-golf has recently opened in the Stevens Point Area. The facility took over the large space left behind when the landmark Bernard’s Country Inn restaurant closed after 44 years, due to retirement. The facility transformed into the family fun attraction and opened in late 2017. The facility has 18 holes, including one section that is glow-in-the-dark.

    • The region welcomed a new property to the community with the opening of the Cobblestone Hotel and the Wissota Chophouse. Officially open for business in September 2017, the property marks the end of a 31-year gap since the last hotel was open in the district.

    • Muse was opened in the Sentry Insurance headquarters building, after the closure of @1800 in 2015. Muse opens in a reimagined space, with lots of natural light and the park-like setting permeates the views from the restaurant and bar. Offering upscale dining in a refined and casual environment pairs nicely with the impressive art collection of well-known artists like Chagall, Dali, and Picasso. The facility is open to the public for lunch and dinner during the week and can be reserved for private events on the weekends.

    • The newest mural in Stevens Point is located on the Galaxy Comics Games & More building on Clark Street. The mural was commissioned by the Stevens Point Brewery to commemorate their 160th anniversary, by artist Nick Goettling. More details can be found here.


    What's trending in the Stevens Point Area in 2018

    Food Trends

    • For the best flavor, don’t miss the work that the Central Rivers Farmshed is doing behind the scenes. From hosting farm tours, chef demonstrations, workshops and monthly pot-lucks, they work hard in the community to connect people to the local growers. (Last year’s events can be found here for an example of what they do.) One of their most popular resources, beyond Frozen Assets and the Winter Farmers Market, is the Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas which highlights the goods being produced locally. Central Rivers Farmshed took the lead to help launch the new statewide Farm Fresh Atlas Wisconsin site. More information about the atlas can be found here.

    • Lonely Oak Farm, east of Stevens Point in Milladore, hosted a successful season of Brunch on the Farm, wrapping up the 2017 season in October. They plan to be back up and running in May 2018, welcoming people on to their transitional organic farm offering organic vegetables, meats, and eggs, located near the 33,000-acre George Mead Wildlife Area. In addition to the brunch events, the farm sells products and has an available CSA. 

    • After initially launching their pizza oven on the Whitefeather Organics farm in fall 2016, Pizza on the Farm grew in popularity for 2017. The organics farm, which is known for its support of local farm to table restaurants in the region, hosted the event on select Saturdays during the growing season, capping their season with the event ‘Fireworks’ in partnership with CREATE portage county.

    • Feltz’s Dairy Store opened in June of 2017. Tucked on the family farm of this legacy farm, the store offers a wide variety of local products, including its own ice cream flavor ‘Feltz’s Cow Pie’, produced locally by King Cone Homemade Ice Cream. This is a great stop for families with kids, as they love to ride the cow merry-go-round, milk the life-size cow replica and peek through the large viewing windows into the robotic milking operation. Tours of the robotic operation are available as well.

    • CREATE portage county held a successful Crafted Dinner in 2017, with plans to bring it back for 2018. The event featured a five-course dinner pairing with Central Wisconsin Craft Collective beer and spirits with locally sourced food prepared by the region’s top chefs. 

    • More local goods can be found at Market on Strongs, Main Grain Bakery, Emy J’s, Stevens Point Area Co-op & Earthcrust Bakery, Village Hive, Winter Farmers Market (November-March) and the Stevens Point Farmers Market (the oldest farmers market in the state). 

    Sustainable Tourism

    • Each June the region hosts the world’s largest and longest running Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair. Held on the grounds of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s home office, called the Renew the Earth Institute. The grounds become even larger each year on the third weekend in June, when they host the Energy Fair, the largest and longest running event of its kind. The site is used throughout the year as a site for hands-on workshops focusing on renewable energy topics. The location, nestled in the hills just east of Stevens Point, is a great place to explore, offering tours Monday through Friday. 

    • If you can’t make it to the fair, don’t miss nearby Central Waters Brewery. Here you can see a 1,000 square foot solar thermal (hot water) array. Central Waters Brewery was the first brewery recognized by the state of Wisconsin’s Green Tier program. The brewery even donates proceeds from the sale of its beer ‘Shine On’ to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to support the annual Energy Fair. 

    • Don’t miss a stop to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point during your visit to the Stevens Point Area. The College of Natural Resources building on campus, known as the Trainer Building, is an interesting starting point. The program is known internationally and was the first ever college of its kind started in the United States. On the northern edge of campus, in the Schmeeckle Reserve, named after Fred Schmeeckle who started the College of Natural Resources, you’ll find the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. The honored individuals will inspire you to take more steps to reduce your environmental footprint.

    Outdoor Recreation

    • The Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point offers free bicycles to visitors, to get out explore the region. Offered during the spring, summer, and fall, the bikes are free to use for guests during daylight hours. 

    • Local outfitter, DivePoint Scuba & Adventure Center, hosts regularly scheduled demo days for kayaks on the Wisconsin River. As a way to encourage people to try a kayak, they offer the experience to try them with helpful tips. 

    • For biking with a twist, don’t miss Point Area Bicycle Service events held throughout the year. Known as PABS locally, they host indoor and outdoor pedaling events. During the summer and fall catch a mystery ride, fender bender or the popular Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza. For example, their ‘Going Nowhere Fast’ event includes gold sprinting competitions, but they also host live music throughout the year.  

    • Hardcore mountain bike cyclists enjoy the challenge of the single track routes at Standing Rocks County Park. Just east of Plover on Highway B, this park boasts 524-acres to explore throughout the year. The mountain bike trails are available May-September with more than 10 miles to trek with roots and rocks.